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About me

I am a HCPC registered art psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and founder of Art Therapy Derby. I offer both face to face and online work.

For the past 6 years I have been offering face to face therapy and supervision to Derby and it's surrounding areas. As most of the world, in March 2020 due to Covid-19, I had to move all my practice to online. This has opened many doors and I was able to reach out to clients that otherwise would not access professional suppport during the most challenging times.

I have since decided to take this opportunity to further develop my services to, as always, the highest standards. I am now studying a Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychothery, completing in May 2021. With this training I'll be an ACTO Level 3 Senior Professional Member.

I work with children, young people, their families and professionals around them; I offer:

Art psychotherapy to:

  • Children and young people (in their families, foster or residential care)
  • Adults
  • Parents and carers
  • Art therapists and counsellors in training

Clinical Supervision to:

  • Art psychotherapists
  • Psychotherapists and counsellors (in practice and in training)
  • Caring professionals

Consultation to:

  • Parents and carers
  • Caring professionals
  • Children’s residential homes care teams
  • Schools (mainstream, special needs and EBD)

Training (half and full days) to:

  • Therapists and counsellors
  • Caring professionals
  • General public
  • Children’s residential care staff
  • Schools (mainstream, special needs and EBD)

For over the past 25 years, I have been working with vulnerable children and adults in various setting and in various capacities. For nearly 10 years, since I mastered in Art Therapy, I have been working with children and young people and with all those around them (parents, carers and professionals) in children's residential homes, schools (mainstream, special neeeds and EBD schools) and within the community.

I take a psychodynamic approach which means that the therapeutic relationship built between the client and I is central to the success of the therapy. Too often the difficulties we have in our lives are rooted in past relationships and in the way we relate to others and also to ourselves. Through exploring, reflecting and improving the relationship we have with ourselves and the relationships we hold with our histories we also begin to improve our lives and current relationships.

You do not have to be good at art to use art therapy, and there might be times when you do not wish to do any art work at all. The use of art in art therapy is to facilitate expression and exploration. At times words may not be able to describe your experiences, thoughts or feelings; in fact words can at times become useless, distractive or make things even more confusing. Through the use of art and art-making, symbols and symbolic play you may express yourself in a clearer way and start seeing things in a different away. I do not interpret your work or offer any diagnosis or conclusion. I observe and hold witness of your art making and share curiosity in the exploration of these.

All art materials are provided, though you can bring your own. All art work produced is respected as confidential material and brought into every session to be reflected upon or worked from as and when you wish to. All the work you produce in sessions register the therapeutic progress, sometimes it is helpful to look back and see how far you have come.

I offer an Introductory Meeting for you to see the therapy room, its location and to meet me in person when you can ask me questions related to therapy and the way I work as well as to discuss your referral before committing to therapy.

Please follow the link to my website (www.arttherapyderby.com) for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2020 (finishing in 2021)- Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy- ACTO Level 3- Senior Professional Member (Academy for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • 2015- Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision- Level 7 (University of Derby)
  • 2009- MA in Art Therapy (University of Derby)
  • 2005- BA in Creative Expressive Therapies (University of Derby)

I am an Art Psychotherapist, registered and a full member of Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), British Acossiation or Art Therapists (BAAT), Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and a trainee member of ACTO (Acossiation for Copunselling and Psychotherapy Online). I abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.

I work with children and young people, their families and professionals. I also offer art therapy and clinical supervision to other cousellors and therapists in practice and in training.

I offer both face to face and online work.

I am particularly interested in:

  • Child development,
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Mental health and education,
  • Attachment,
  • Neuroplasticity,
  • The impact of early life trauma, neglect and abuse the areas of child development,
  • Professional development and self-care.

To ensure safe practice:

I have an up to date DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Services- previously known as Criminal Record Bureau- CRB),

  • I hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance,
  • I attend regular and high quality clinical Supervision,
  • I invest on my professional self-care,
  • I attend regular and up to date professional development training
  • I keep up to date with relevant policies for working with vulnerable children and adults.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Art Therapy Derby offers a tailored service to meet your needs. I am happy to meet you, your school or organisation to discuss how can Art Therapy Derby support you.
Art Therapy Derby offers both face to face and online:

  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Training

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Photos & videos


Additional information

Please check my website for more details on the Fees page:



Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 to 18.30 and some Saturdays from 10.00 to 17.00

Further information

Link to my blog page:

How to support your child or adolescent attending therapy


Adult colouring books vs artt herapy books, an interesting debate


Arts on prescription- BBC Radio Derby Interview


Art Therapy Derby
16A Uttoxeter Road
Foxglove Yard

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Languages offered



Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer both face to face and onlince clinical supervision to counsellors and therapist working with children and young people in various settings.

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Marta Perestrello, HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist, PG Cert, MA, BA (Hons)

Marta Perestrello, HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist, PG Cert, MA, BA (Hons)